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Police launch murder investigation following death in Armley

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Leeds last night.

Officers found the 27-year-old man in Back Moorfield Terrace, Armley, after being called to reports of a man in distress in the street in neighbouring Moorfield Avenue at 9.21pm.

He had received serious head injuries and was treated by paramedics before being pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

"We are treating his death as murder and a number of scenes in the vicinity are being forensically examined. We are trying to build up a picture of the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death and of his movements earlier in the evening in the time leading up to him being found in Back Moorfield Terrace. We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who has any information that could assist the investigation."

– Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, West Yorkshire Police


ROAD: M621 Leeds

M621 westbound is closed and there is queueing traffic due to an incident between J2A Cemetery Road (Holbeck) and J2 A643 (Elland Road), congestion to J3 A653 (City Centre).


UK ban on prisoner votes upheld

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the UK ban on prisoner voting should stay in place.

It comes after a case in France, where convicted murderer Thierry Delvigne claimed a ban on him voting in European Parliament elections violated his civil and political rights.

But the court ruled the ban was "proportionate" to the offence.

If the court had ruled the other way it could have outlawed all bans on prisoner voting, including the UK's.

The ruling said the "ban to which Mr Delvigne is subject is proportionate in so far as it takes into account the nature and gravity of the criminal offence committed and the duration of the penalty".

Former prisoner John Hirst from Hull started a UK-wide campaign for prisoners to be given the right to vote.

Murder investigation in Leeds

A murder inquiry has been launched after the death of a man in Leeds.

Police were called to Moorfield Avenue in Armley ar around 9.20pm yesterday, to reports of a man in distress in the street.

Officers found a man with serious head injuries. He was treated at the scene by paramedics, but was pronounced dead at the scene soon after.

"We are treating this man's death as murder and are carrying out extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death.

"We would urgently like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area in the time leading up this incident or anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation.

"We currently have a number of scenes in place in the area that are undergoing forensic examination. This incident will understandably cause concern to local residents but we would like to reassure them that the situation is now under control and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be maintaining an increased presence in the area."

– Det Chief Insp Elizabeth Belton, West Yorkshire Police

'Hensioners' leading the way in tackling loneliness

Residential homes in West Yorkshire hope hen parties - with a difference - will help older people make friends and find new interests.

The Hen Power scheme has already launched in London, and now the £1m Lottery-funded HenPower project will see care home residents tend to chickens in Leeds.

Organisers of the project say hen-keeping tackles social isolation, reduces depression and improves people's wellbeing.

"We were overwhelmed by the impact the HenPower project had in our pilot home in Darlington and so were keen to bring this opportunity to more of our homes.

"It's such a simple idea which has such a potential for big impact on the homes taking part.

"We're delighted to be celebrating the first HenPower in Leeds, with hen parties at our two projects.

"We want the families and surrounding communities of our homes to come and meet the hens and see the positive benefits they are having.
"There are certainly some characters to meet.''

– Phil Whitaker, Orchard Care Homes
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